MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Manchester splits its doulbeheader with Manhattanville College during its Spring Trip. The win in Game Two of Friday's doubleheader was the first of the season for the Spartans.
Manhattanville 8, Manchester 5
The Spartans were denied their first win of the season on Friday morning as the Manhattanville College built a seven-run lead and held on late to secure an 8-5 victory in the first game of Friday's doubleheader.
MC scored one runs in both the third and fourth innings and then tacked on four more in the top of the fifth. The Spartans responded with three runs in the home half of the six. Joe Gallatin (Muncie, Ind. / Muncie Central) laucnhed a two-run bomb to left to get the Spartans on the board. Collin Bice (Waterloo, Ind. / DeKalb) grounded into a fielder's choice that plated Tyler LaFollette (Warsaw, Ind. / Warsaw) later in the inning.
Manchester scored two more runs in the bottom of the seventh to draw within 7-5. Matt Pritz (LaPorte, Ind. / LaPorte) hit a two-run single to left.
Manchester 14, Manhattanville 7
The Spartan offense awoke in the second game of the day as Manchester University scored 14 runs on 13 hits. MU jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the second inning. Designated hitter Hunter Seegers (Westport, Ind. / South Decatur) hit a three-run double to deep center. Nick Tillman then drove in Seegers with a single up the middle.
After adding a run in the top of the third inning, the Spartans once again added four more runs in the fourth. A pair of passed balls with the bases loaded allowed two Spartans to cross home plate and then Joe Gallatin followed with an RBI double to center. LaFollette capped the four-run inning with a run-scoring single to left.
Manhattanville put together a late rally on Friday evening. The Valiants scored two runs in the seventh and added three in the eighth inning to cut MU's advantage to 11-7. MU scored three insurance runs in the top half of the ninth to push its advantage to 14-7.
Startng pitcher Michael Pinarski (Goshen, Ind. / Goshe) pitched six innings and scattered nine hits en route to his first victory of the season. Pinarski allowed just two runs.